Issue 1221

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June 2022
Featured Article

Worldline Payments in the Metaverse

Should it come to fruition, the metaverse (an immersive online virtual world), which operates in Web 3.0, will need a way for people to make card, account-to-account and cryptocurrency payments to businesses. Worldline, the fourth largest merchant acquirer in Europe, has created a virtual showroom inside Decentraland, one of the virtual worlds currently comprising the metaverse, to explore what real-world payment services for virtual consumers (avatars) could look like. 
Featured Chart

Europe’s Global Network Cards—Market Shares in 2021

Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club cards issued in Europe generated 128.44 billion transactions last year to purchase goods and services, up 24.8% over 2020.

Featured Companies

Message from the Publisher

This issue includes articles about card payments in the metaverse, payments initiated by facial biometrics and an Amex card tied to cryptocurrency rewards. They join articles about synthetic identity fraud, buy now, pay later and the first sub-Saharan Africa-based payment company to acquire a card processor in the US. These subjects join important articles in this issue about commercial cards and CNP fraud fighting. Each one indicates where the industry is going — as well as our commitment to keep you fully informed.

David Robertson, Publisher
June 20, 2022



Europe’s Global Network Cards—Market Shares in 2021

Europe Global Network Cards—2021 with change vs. 2020

Market Shares of Purchase Transactions 2001-2021

Commercial Bank Credit Cards in Canada—Visa and Mastercard

Commercial Bank Credit Cards in Canada—Cards by Product

Investments & Acquisitions—May 2022


Europe’s Global Network Cards—2021 with change vs. 2020

Credit, debit and prepaid cards issued in Europe with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club brands generated $4.217 trillion in purchase volume in 2021. On a local currency basis this was an increase of 22.1% over 2020.

$2.441 trillion, +16.2%
$1.684 trillion, +32.0%
American Express
$0.086 trillion, +18.2%
Diners Club
$0.005 trillion, +11.4%

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